Splits and Squats: How Britney Spears ‘Works’ for Her Body

Splits and Squats: How Britney Spears 'Works' for Her Body
<i>Image via Britney Spears/Instagram</i>

When pop star Britney Spears sang, “You want a hot body?…You better work,” she meant it. The singer has been serving up some major #fitspo on her Instagram lately proving that if you want a toned and taut bod like Spears, then be prepared to sweat.

Whether she’s performing a bunch of bodyweight exercises like squats to working out with her personal trainer boyfriend, Sam Ashgari, it’s clear the “Toxic” songstress is hitting the gym hard in preparation for her upcoming Piece of Me tour.

You gotta give it to the Grammy winner: at 36 years old Spears basically has the same midriff she dared to bared almost twenty years ago for her first hit, “…Baby One More Time.”

Here’s how Brit Brit keeps in such incredible shape.

She’s Constantly Changing Up Her Workout

“Switching up my workout routine in the gym as I get ready for my #PieceOfMe tour,” the singer captioned an Insta video that featured her doing jump squats, single leg bicycle crunches on a BOSU ball, and kettlebell swings, among other exercises.

From breaking through a weight loss plateau to building new muscles to beating boredom, there are many benefits to switching up your exercise routine like Spears who also incorporates her trademark dance moves into her sweat sessions.

Also, by regularly varying your workout, you’re more likely to stick with it. Something simple as adding in a new fitness class like barre or Pilates or switching up your weight lifting exercises every two weeks will really make a difference.

She Does Both Cardio and Weight Lifting

There seem to be two groups at the gym: the cardio fiends and the lifting junkies. However, the two workouts don’t have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, if you want to torch more fat– and get a bod like Spears — you should include both in your workout like she does.

Cardio gets you moving those large muscle groups, while eliminating waste products like lactic acid and carbon dioxide. Plus studies show that regular cardio helps you to lose weight and maintain your weight loss.

Lifting weights increases your metabolism, which means you’ll be burning calories long after your workout. Not to mention strength training has been proven to help slow bone loss and even build bone.

She Works Out With a (Boy)Friend

Not everyone has a friend, or boyfriend, who’s a personal trainer like Spears but that doesn’t lessen the importance of having a workout buddy. Working out with a friend is not only incredibly motivating, but also holds you accountable to your workouts. Don’t feel like doing hot yoga one night? That’s where your workout buddy comes in to help you keep to your goals.

Plus, as the video with Spears and Ashgari proves, when you work out with your friend or partner, you’ll have more fun — and always have a spotter.

The Takeaway

By keeping her workouts varied and well balanced, thanks to a blend of cardio and strength training, while also taking the time to work out with her boyfriend, the recipe to Spears’ toned body is actually pretty simple and effective.

You don’t have to be ‘a slave 4 the gym’ — you just have to “work it.”

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Brianne Hogan is a Canadian writer, currently based in Prince Edward Island. A self-proclaimed "wellness freak," she has a... More about Brianne Hogan